1 Mar 2013

Fiji's Assembly delay blamed on party registration process

2:31 pm on 1 March 2013

Fiji's Prime Minister's office has clarified that the announcement of the Constituent Assembly will await the registration of political parties.

According to the regime's decrees, the Assembly was to sit nearly two months ago.

The regime, however, failed to appoint one on time and days later it decreed that political parties had to apply for re-registration by mid-February.

Pio Tikoduadua, who is the permanent secretary in the Prime Minister's office, has told Fijilive that the only delay in the announcement of the assembly is due to the need to verify which parties are registered by the Registrar.

In early January, the prime minister Commodore Frank Bainimarama said in a televised address that a draft constitution would be ready by the end of January.

There has been no explanation as to what caused the delay and there ahs been no word if the decreed deadline of late March for the Assembly to approve the draft still stands.